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See 5,000 Orchids in Bloom This Weekend

Longwood Gardens’ orchid extravaganza is back, and it’s worth a drive.

You don’t have to have a green thumb to dig Longwood Gardens, one of the premiere botanical gardens in the country. This former DuPont estate in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania—a two-and-a-half-hour drive from DC—features more than 1,000 acres carpeted year-round with spectacular plantings.

Starting this Saturday, January 24, and running through Sunday, March 29, is Longwood’s annual Orchid Extravaganza, where nearly 5,000 orchids will bloom throughout the indoor, four-acre conservatory. The displays will include an oncidium “waterfall,” an “orchid meadow,” and all manner of floral arrangements to take the chill out of winter.

Admission to Longwood Gardens is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors ages 62 and up, and $10 for children ages 5 through 18 and for students of any age with a valid ID. Tickets are timed, and should be bought online before your visit.

If you want to make a weekend out of it, consider staying at the nearby Inn at Montchanin Village or Sweetwater Farm.

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Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. She lives in DC.